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EDA344 - Computer communication
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-10 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKDAT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0114 Laboratory 2,0 c Grading: UG   2,0 c    
0214 Examination 5,5 c Grading: TH   5,5 c   16 Mar 2016 pm M,  28 May 2016 am SB,  15 Aug 2016 pm SB

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TKELT ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, Year 3 (compulsory elective)


Univ adjunkt  Ali S Sahleson
Docent  Marina Papatriantafilou


EDA341   Computer communications EDA342   Computer communication EDA343   Computer communication

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In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

The student should have good understanding of computer organization (course EDA451 "Fundamentals of digital systems and computers" or equivalent). A course in programming (e.g. Java or C) is a prerequisite. Knowledge of basic probability theory (random variables) and elementary graph theory (shortest paths) can be an advantage, but can also be acquired during the course via complementary reading.


Computer networks are becoming an inherent and increasingly important part of many technical areas today. This course focuses on the parts of data communication that practicing engineers normally will encounter in their daily work. It is a basic course which offers an introductory presentation of data communication and computer networks.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

01. have basic knowledge and skills in the field of data communications and computer networks,
02. Have good knowledge of reference models for computer communication in terms of function, services and protocols.
03. Be able to apply knowledge of reference models to gain understanding on the construction and use of various computer networks and protocols
04. have good knowledge of the TCP / IP model and the Internet's structure and architecture
05. have good knowledge of the principles, protocols and standards that TCP / IP-based networks and their applications are based on
06. be able to prepare a basic IP addressing plan for an intranet.
07. have a good understanding of the Internet's limitations with respect to service warranties in connection with newly developed services.
08. explain how different types of computer networks are constructed relative to the transmission medium's characteristics, bandwidth requirements, coding methods and functions for error and flow control.
09. be able to seek deeper knowledge of the individual standards and protocols in the data communication field.
10. be able to implement a simple application-layer protocol starting from its specification and applying communication through sockets.
11. have basic practical skills in the configuration of local networks.


In the study of protocols, we start with application level protocols enabling students to start with more familiar paradigms in the context of applications that we use regularly. Moving to lower layers later on, we have the possibility to gradually uncover network services, their functionality and the ease/difficulty for achieving them. Topics covered include: networking applications, content distribution, HTTP, SMTP, TCP, UDP, performance and congestion analysis, IP, switching, routing, mobile IP, local area networks, multiple access protocols (IEEE 802.X and others), wireless networks, bridges, physical media, error-detection and correction, and network security.


Traditional lectures will be given where basic theory and important concepts are presented in order to complement and support the course textbook. Lectures are given every week. As a complement to the lectures, consultation sessions will be offered. A selection of optional homework problems are given in order to provide additional insight into the course material as well as to demonstrate the level of understanding required for solving homework assignments. In the consultation sessions, teaching assistants are available to assist students with the optional homework problems. Students are encouraged to attempt these problems prior to these sessions. Students are also encouraged to attend all consultation sessions. Practical laborations are included to help students understand protocols and to practically use network equipment.


James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross, "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach", 6th Edition, Pearson Education.

Cisco Networking Academy, "Introduction to Networks", version 5.0, Interactive Web-based course material.


To pass the whole course, all the assignments and the written exam must be passed. The final grade with scale U/3-5 is based on exam results.

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